My Review : PARI

My Review : PARI
The most awaited horror film of this year finally released yesterday and I do have a lot to say about it…I mean write about it.
Pari’ ‘may not be a great film because of its writing.
It is, however, well attempted by the first time Director Mr Prosit Roy.
It does have scenes that are terrifying beyond words. It does not matter if you watch it with your family or during the day time. I still recoil from those scenes in total shock and revulsion.
It is one thing to sometimes hear about a case of demonic possession. It is quite another thing to see it.
‘Pari’ comprises of all the elements of a terrifying horror film such as – to see the furniture fly across a frigid room, to see the ugly sores erupt on the victim’s face, to see the eyes turn fiendish with hate, and to see a snarling beast assert itself in the body of a woman.
Director Prosit Roy, with his scrupulous attention to detail, his determination to convey a sense of realism, achieves such startling effects that one comes away almost completely convinced of the possibility of demonic possession.
His movie takes you to a different tangent and there are a series of gory, un-nerving scenes that are so powerful and undoubtedly leaves the audience limp and exhausted.
But the only thing which plays the antagonist in the film is its weak writing….
 
Plot:
Not divulging much details or spoilers, the film begins after a road accident on a rainy day leads to the discovery of a young woman named Rukhsana (Anushka Sharma), chained in a cottage in the swarm dense forest. A shy gentleman named Arnab (Parambrata Chatterjee) feels obliged to take her in, even as a mysterious professor (Rajat Kapoor) arrives from Bangladesh desperately in search of her and kill her.
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Technical:
The film is undoubtedly rich in atmospherics. Set in Kolkata during the monsoon complimented with eerie sound design in order to develop a strong sense of perturbation.
The Cinematographer Jishnu Bhattacharya director and Prosit Roy does a good job with the look and feel of the film as you can instantly relate to it.
A big problem with the film is its length and pace. The first half is kinda slow and long until the scarry intermission which helps the movie gain pace and momentum. As the story unfolds, it becomes more and more bizarre intricately folded, twisted and coiled.
The love story between Arnab and Rukhsana looked forced and unrealistic…The storyline ends up becoming a silly as it desperately and forcefully try to connect the events in Bangladesh, without really giving us a credible reason or explanation.
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Few sequences involve a lot of blood and torture, painful cries of a pregnant women and Satan-invoking chants that make it a difficult film to watch.
Performances:
Parambrata Chattopadhyay is confident, impressive and convincing throughout the film, good to see him after Kahani.
Three cheers to Anushka Sharma for the brave attempt and her brilliant performance…she looked beautiful inspite of being in a ghastly getup.
 
Finally, Rajat Kapoor steals the show playing the professor with grey shades ( you need to see to know more)
 
Overall, Film PARI is a good attempt but due to a bad script it fails to come together in coherent and realistic way.
If you love horror films…you can give it a try this weekend.
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My Review : MUKKABAAZ

My Review : MUKKABAAZ

Finally Mr Anurag Kashyap 2.0 has finally made a movie that I could walk out of, feeling good about myself….that also after a long time ( post Bombay Velvet and Raman Raghav 2.0)

Synopsis:

A low caste boxer (Shravan) trains at a gym controlled by a local Don (Bhagwan Das Mishra). Shravan falls for Mishra’s niece (Sunaina).
The Don does not approve of this match. Shravan strives to win Sunaina’s hand in marriage and become a successful boxer while trying to avoid retaliation from the Don

There are essentially three kinds of boxing movies: those that offer a grim, tell-it-as-it-is perspective of life in the ring, those that focus on the business aspects of things, and those that seek to uplift through a rags-to-riches story.
Mukkabaaz, belongs unabashedly in the third category. Although the movie contains realistic elements and is set in a believable arena, it is essentially a Love Story about a local small time boxer of UP who gets a chance to prove himself of a lifetime, and, at the same time, wins the girl.
Mukkabaaz certainly doesn’t boast of all the sports movie clichés in a way will captivate the audience and will bring a smile to your face.
According to the credits, the lead actor Mr Vineet Kumar Singh happens to be the co-writer of the film, after making rounds and visiting various producers and studios, he finally narrates it to Mr Kashyap , who instantly agrees to direct it and the rest is history

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The core aspect of Mukkabaaz is that many people will enjoy is that it’s as much a tender love story as it is about ring action.
Shravan is a passionate boxer aka UP ka Mike Tyson – someone who will fight anyone for anything.
His lone ambition is to represent his State in boxing. He is a bachelor and lives in a lower middle class home with his parents (father constantly taunts him) One fine day, his eyes falls on Sunaina the gutsy deaf niece of Bhagwan das. Shravan instantly falls in love with her, but has to pay a heavy price to be with her.
That’s why the film’s final scene is less concerned with the result of the match than with the result of the romance.

What makes Mukkabaaz special is that it concentrates on characters, not sports. There are many fights -but it’s not the highlight of the film.
In between, every screen moment is used to develop Shravan as a person. He is not traditional hero material – he’s crude, stupid, boorish, and has high aspirations.
Nevertheless, there’s something likable about the guy, and it has its root in the gentle, caring way he treats Sunaina. And it’s this relationship that’s the key to making Shravan’s ending look convincing.. He may lose the fight, but he gains so much more.

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Performances :
The supporting cast featured a number of under rated, character actors. The most recognizable and colorful of these were Jimmy Shergill and Ravi Kishen who take the movie to a different level with their fine performances.

Zoya Hussain, is a revelation as Bhagwandas’s niece Sunaina. Thank you Mukesh Chhabra Casting Co.for the wonderful casting.

Verdict :
Overall. Mukkabaaz has a lot of heart, and, while Anurag Kashyap 2.0deserves some credit for this, Vineet Kumar Singh ‘s contributions were equally important.
The direction of scenes and performances are masterful – Kashyap’s handling of few scenes makes us believe we’re watching a real film.
In many ways, Mukkabaaz is a picture that should be watched. by all.
A MUST WATCH

My Review : TIGER ZINDA HAI

My Review : TIGER ZINDA HAI

Trivia :

The film is based on the real event- 2014 abduction of Indian nurses by ISIL, 46 Indian nurses kidnapped by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in Mosul, Iraq. They were released later on and they confirmed they were looked after very well
Two 2017 Indian films are based on the incident, Malayalam film Take Off and Tiger Zinda Hai.

Synopsis :
India is undergoing another political problem, Tiger is back. The sequel to Ek Tha Tiger brings us together Salman The hardcore tough Spy, with his beloved super hot wife Zoya to battle a ruthless militant and saves the world.

Technical :

Ali abbas Zafar’s script has its share of flaws. The story and the action sction sequences in the first half is tad long but has its moments.
The movie also seems a bit long with long action sequences most of the time. Dialogues are good and keep a good dose of humour. ( Tu Tu Tu ..Tutu Tara)
Post-interval, however, the film changes gears when both Raw and ISI unite. We see more of the stuntwoman than we do Katrina, which is a good thing, and even Kaif looks more at ease when sternly kicking a thug in the nuts. One well-choreographed stunt follows another, and while the whole thing is shrouded in blockbuster-implausibility, the action keeps things interesting. Thanks to Sallu Bhai, there’s someone to cheer.

Director Abbas Ali Zafar scales down the ambition as he aims for a safe mainstream middle-ground in this flick, a spy-thriller which right from the first frame gets boiling but eventually crackles along quite effectively.

Ali zafar’s direction is well done though he does make Salman Khan’s Tiger more superhero than spy. Vishal and Shekhar songs are good. Cinematography by Marcin Laskawiec is very slick. Rameshwar Bhagat’s editing is good. Visual effects are nice but they seem choppy in some sequences.

Considering that it’s a YRF product, the rest of the movie has enough romance, action and chase sequences to look forward to

Performances :

Salman Khan is back playing India’s top bit of intelligence muscle, a RAW agent who jumps around a lot but always lands on his feet, befitting his feline nickname. When not working, he is a doting father and a dutiful husband who loves ‘Hindustani Khana’

Katrina Kaif looks gorgeous, sexy, fit and has done a commendable job…you would love to see her kick some butts.

Mr Paresh Rawal is a surprise package…undoubtedly one of the best actors India has ever produced.

A special mention to the beautiful and talented Anupriya Goenka for a great performance as the Head nurse Poorna and the power house performer Sajjad Delafrooz who very convincingly plays the Antagonist with a lot of ease.

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Verdict :
For those asking, yes, Salman Khan does take off his shirt. Salman fans won’t be disappointed by Tiger Zinda Hai. For others, it’s a fun watch even though it’s a bit long. It will roar at the Box Office.

PS: TU TU TU TUTU TARA AGAYA HAI WAPAS..TIGER HAMARA

My Review : CHAAMP

My Review : CHAAMP
For a change ,I decided to watch & write the review of a bengali film rather than a Bollywood film.
It’s definitely not because I am currenty in Kolkata,its because the bad reviews & the bad word of mouth publicity of Salman Khan’s Tubelight didn’t quite encouraged me to watch it.
Anyway, I am not gonna say that ‘Chaamp’ is a perfect film..but watching a Bengali film after a long time,that too with my parents meant a lot to me.
So this EID, Our very own super star DEV took precedence over Sallu bhai.
 
If ever a recent commercial bengali film project had some high-horsepower sponsorship, it’s “Chaamp.”
Dev stars in his own written story about a local amateur boxer who gets a chance to fight a heavyweight championship bout.
Raj Chakravorty’s latest flick plays on every human’s ultimate fantasy to conquer against all odds and take home the trophy. Here the trophy stands as a metaphor for the realisation of one’s most precious dreams. And that is precisely what makes Chaamp a universal subject to identify with and feel for.
Also Boxing is the basic premise of the story. Expectedly, there is a whole lot of dishoom – dishoom going on all through the movie. true action film buffs might feel the rush of adrenalin on witnessing the tackily executed boxing scenes.
Some genuinely strong emotional impact emerges from the heavy environment of the boxing ring and gymnasium sweat provided by director Raj Chakraborty.
The PR juggernaut is already at high speed, the Kolkata public might love this film.
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‘Chaamp’ does fit into the category of a cliched sports drama about an under dog ‘those that seek to uplift through a rags-to-riches story’,but the very best way to enjoy Chaamp” is not to examine it too carefully; better simply to relax and let the film roll in front of you.
 
Synopsis :
A small town amateur boxer ‘Sivaji Sanyal’ from Purulia gets a surprise shot at fighting for the heavyweight championship.While at the same time he finds love in the arms of an extrovert girl ‘Jaya’ who is a daughter of a rich industralist.
After a successful run,all the adulation makes ‘Sivaji’ feel over-confident about his game.
In one such match ‘Sivaji’ makes a faulty move resulting in a major accident. This accident leads to a major set back in his career and it leaves him jobless, homeless and bankrupt. He gets sacked by his Sponsors and faces severe financial crunch to pay back his installments and loan payments. The banks auction everything including his house and furniture and the family will be just left with nothing.
The rest of the story is all about how Sivaji and Jaya get back on to the track and how Sivaji emerges as a winner.
 
Though the story of the film is very commercial and formulaic, the sentimental turn in Raj’s film is heartfelt. But what is particularly appealing is that none of the characters crib or mope around. Instead, they tackle every problem with resilience and boldly.
The part where ‘Sivaji’ loses everything and struggles with the family is borrowed from Cinderella Man (Russel Crowe)
 
Technical :
Thanks to the talented DOP Soumik Haldar,coz every frame of the film oozes Kolkata, from the environs around Sivaji’s practice arena to the city roads.
Kolkata hasn’t changed much in the past 10 years; there’s still a strange, almost eerie sense of recognition of landmarks and familiar sights more than a decade later.
Since Yuva, Kolkata has received its share of screen exposure (most recently in Meri Pyaari Bindu), but the city will always be best known to movie buffs as the home of Mr Satyajit Ray.
Even today, the Howrah Bridge is one of Kolkata’s top tourist attractions, and many of the visitors aren’t interested in going on it . They’re there to stand and capture it from a distance.
What makes ‘Chaamp’ a special film is that it concentrates on characters, not sports. It would be disingenuous to say that the climactic boxing match is unimportant – it is, after all the movie’s centerpiece – but that’s not all the movie is about. There are only two or 3 major fights – one at the beginning and one at the end. In between, every screen moment is used to develop Sivaji as a person.
He is not traditional invincible hero material here – he’s real,polite and has limited aspirations. Nevertheless, there’s something likable about the guy, and it has its root in the gentle, caring way he treats Jaya and respects his Boss and Mother.
Though the film seem to have few long, slow and dragged moments in the second half, the director made sure that the climax is emotional and effective so that the audience walks out with a happy feeling.
Raj Chakravarthy films always have great music and this film too is no exception. The title track song by Raftaar is quite good. The choreography of all the boxing matches are of Hollywood standards.
The Production values by Dev Entertainment Ventures are grand.
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Performances :
 
Dev is amazing in the role of Sivaji. He plays with utmost conviction and honesty in this film.
Debutant Rukmini Maitra is sweet and very spontaneous. I am in love with her dimples.
Veteran actor Chiranjeet Chakraborty is excellent as the boxing coach. The talented Priyanka Sarkar was very refreshing.
 
Verdict :
 
Chaamp is not a flawless motion picture, but it is a feel-good film, and well worth another look.Then again, there’s lot more beneath. It talks about taking responsibility for one’s own problems instead of finding an easy way out.
WORTH A WATCH ( Only running in Kolkata, I guess)

My Review : BinRoye Episode 9

This was another well-paced episode of Bin Roye Drama which had good level of development to its credit which added an interesting twist to the story and started a new chapter in the live of Saba. Even though this episode had its share of loopholes but the best thing about Bin Roye so far is that it is a beautiful light family drama. All the characters easy to relate to. It was truly refreshing to watch someone like Saba who couldn’t control her emotions & her outburst looked so natural & real. Undoubtedly Mahira Khan is one of the best actors in the world. Mahira Khan was the star of the show tonight. Mahira Khan hasn’t only done complete justice to her role but you look forward to Saba’s scenes because of her. Hamayun Saeed & Armeena Khan are really good as the suporting cast, they bring in a lot of value to the show.

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Synopsis :

This episode opened with Saba talking to her Dadi and requesting her to call her back home as she feels highly uncomfortable staying in Irtaza’s house. Dadi tries her best to make Saba control her feelings & think positive. Aamir drops in again and tries to woo Saba but like always fails to impress her. Irtaza brings up  ‘Aamir’s proposal before Saba & ends up making Saba angry who very  rudely snaps at Irtaza for forcing her. Later Saman finally conceives a baby boy. The drama takes a time leap of many months where we are shown that Saba’s family are still deciding on Saba getting married to Aamir but Saba angrily puts a put down.

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Once again dadi and Saba’s scenes were quite good. The logic dadi gave Saba for hiding her feelings was very relevant. Dadi has been shown as someone who loves Saba and is like a friend to her. These scenes are very heart-warming especially because Saba used to share her feelings with dadi long before Saman came to live with them.

Overall, This was another simple yet effective episode of Bin Roye Drama. Every scene in this episode added something new to the story. Right now like always Saba’s character is holding my interest more than any other. The preview of the next episode showed just how  Saman is coming to know about Saba’s feelings towards Irtiza.

How many of you watched this latest episode? Don’t forget to share your thoughts about it.

 

 

My Review : M.S Dhoni : The Untold Story

Prelude :

I clearly remember, it was 2011, I was in Bangalore Final Year MBA. Sitting along with my classmates at the hostel Mesh, witnessing History.
Twenty-eight years on from the match that transformed the history of world cricket, India recaptured the crown that Kapil Dev and his men first lifted at Lord’s in 1983, MS Dhoni trumped a poetic century from Mahela Jayawardene to pull off the highest run-chase ever achieved in a World Cup final.
But run by run, over by over, minute by minute, India picked themselves up, dusted themselves down, and defeated Sri Lanka with a determination that a lesser group of men could not have begun to muster, amid the sure knowledge that several billion countrymen were investing all their hopes in their actions.
The man behind this success was non other than our very own Ranchi born Living Legend ‘Mahi’ MS Dhoni.

So the movie talks about ‘The Man you know..the Journey you Don’t’

Film One Liner :

The movie follows the journey of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, a budding cricketer from Ranchi becoming the most successful captain of Indian Cricket Team .

Technical :

The film opens with the 2011 World Cup..esp the turning point.

We see the back of the captain’s head, as he, watches a wicket fall and pulls his Number Seven jersey on, & chooses to bat instead instead of letting the padded-up batter walk out to play.

The ending is known…we won the World Cup.

Neeraj Pandey focuses more attention to what came before & how Dhoni became the living legend Dhoni.

The screen-play only focuses on the details of his days of struggle than from his tenure as star wicket-keeper-batsman-captain of the Indian cricket team.
Barring few interesting good scenes, the movie is entertaining but doesn’t have much to offer,.

The 3 hour long film doesn’t discuss or show us about the controversies: There is only one scene where he and a young Yuvraj Singh walk past each other, post that scene, there is not a single scene with any other cricketer. ( there should have been)

The portion talking about Dhoni’s first love who dies just as the relationship was about to turn serious, should have been totally avoided as it was not necessary to the film at all. It seemed forced, just to show Dhoni as a vulnerable character.

The best part of the film, is the first half, which talks about the life in a small town (Ranchi), a family getting by on humble means and yet being able to support the super talented lad who dreams big & is willing to work for it.
Up till here, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s story, the mostly untold part for most of us, holds us. It inspires us & tells us that anyone can do it The second half begins the movie begins to falter, as it has nothing much to offer.
We introduced to Two romances arrive back to back (Disha Patani, Kiara Advani, both immensely gorgeous, but reduced to small roles). There are songs & romances which unfortunately increase the duration of the film.

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The movie now entirely focuses on Dhoni who is shown as the one man army.
His teammates, which include Indian cricketing greats (Saurav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and others), are seen in replay footages, either from the back or as voice overs.
Frankly speaking,There is no dressing room conversation scenes with his team-mates.These scenes, if incorporated, could have been interesting.

In few parts, the films has all its details in place—the many stadiums in small towns, the coal mines, the railway stations, the Mecon colony etc..everything looked so real.

The film brilliantly shows Dhoni’s family members and friends watch Dhoni bat on television, sitting superstitiously in the same positions each time, developing their own rituals & getting angrily each time Dhoni gets out.

The cinematography by Mr Santosh was okay..the following camera treatment often turned blurred in most of the scenes causing irritation to your eyes-(

Performances :

Sushant Singh Rajput nails the character Dhoni with a lot of perfection..getting the body language & voice perfectly. This will be hi s career defining role for sure.

Kiara Advani & Disha Patani look immensely gorgeous…but do not have much screen presence.

The amazing support of other characters in the background adds a lot to Sushant’s performance at the centre—be it Anupam Kher as the insecure father, or Rajesh Sharma as the funny bengali coach Banerjee.

All the performances looks genuine & well performed.

Verdict :

MS Dhoni – The Untold Story is more of a Hagiography than a biopic.An entertaining film for the masses. Worth the watch.

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I Support Mahira Khan, Whatsoever

She is a Superstar, Super Mom,a great human being, a talented actor; she is the one & only my favourite Mahira Khan .I love her not only because I’m her biggest fan but because of her good humble nature.

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Few days ago, I was in tears after I saw this news on TV, where the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) seeks to eliminate the presence of Pakistani talent in India.

The film workers association of Raj Thackeray‘s party had given a 48-hour period to all Pakistani artistes to leave their country otherwise they will do it themselves, forcefully.

I am totally unhappy and sad with this verdict. This isn’t the first time, this is happening. In October last year, Shiv Sena activists had threatened and announced plans to hinder promotions of the actors’ upcoming movie, Raees (Which will now release in Jan 2017)

I just want to say that Mahira Khan is an actor and not a politician… Let’s leave the politics aside coz celebrities are not responsible at all. Banning Pakistani talent will not stop terrorism. Stopping them from working here is not the solution.

If Indian actors can work anywhere in the world, why can’t Pakistani actors work in India. I don’t think we should stop something because of politics. Why can’t people from the neighbouring country come here and work? Mahira Khan means the world to me, so whether she is an Indian or Pakistani it does not matter, she is & will always remain my favourite actor & favourite person.

The reason I am writing this letter is to express my most enthusiastic support to my favourite actor Mahira Khan as I believe that everyone has the freedom to work where ever they want & a power house talent like Mahira Khan should have no limits. She deserves the world.

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I’m saying this because I know for a fact, that she is an amazing human being & also a very hard working actor.

I have always admired her work, her kindness. She is a complete woman, who is simply gorgeous and gifted with magnificent acting talent & a golden heart.

I cannot imagine any other actor taking her position.

It is only because of her good work and the love of her fans across the globe has made Mahira Khan one of the most accomplished actors in the Pakistan Industry today.

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So my favourite Mahira Khan, all I can say is that I’m supporting you and will always support you. Please don’t be disheartened..We are always there for you.

Frankly speaking, I have never come across anyone as good as you. We Mahirians love you; I hope & I am dead sure that all will be fine & we will meet very soon.

#IStandWithMahiraKhan #ISupportMahiraKhan

Yours Biggest Fan on earth

Deep Basu